Fabric Ceiling Ideas

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Fabric Ceiling Ideas
Hide ugly acoustical ceilings under layers of fabric. (sensor of broken window on ceiling image by StarJumper from Fotolia.com)

Fabric-laden ceilings can help disguise damage, add warmth and coziness, or dampen noise. While there are many ways to accomplish adding the fabric, they all add interest that paint or paper cannot. Whether purely for function, or to add a special design element to your decor, adding fabric ceilings is sure to be noticed and admired.

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Stretched Fabric Panels

Add fabric panels across the ceiling of your room by mounting long, thin rods or poles to the corner where the wall meets the ceiling on two opposite ends of your room. The fabric panels will run across your ceiling, drape over each of the opposite rods, and down the wall to whatever length you choose. Determine how many widths of fabric will be necessary to span the width of your room, add two extra inches for hems on either end, and cut each panel the same exact length. Once hemmed, simply slide the panels up against your ceiling, trapping them with the rods. Since you are working with single panels that are not sewn together, the weight of the fabric should not pull against the rod, but if you have an extra-large room, add extra rods for support at intervals along the ceiling, so the fabric doesn't sag.

Ceiling Canopy

You can add a canopy to your bed while adding a sound buffer to your ceiling at the same time. Mount one drapery rod, the width of your bed plus six inches level with and even with the end of your bed. Mount a second, matching rod above the head of your bed, where the ceiling and the wall meet. Measure and make a reversible canopy drape that will start behind your bed, go up the wall behind your headboard, over one rod, gently drape over the top of your bed, and hang over the rod located above the end of your bed. If you are not comfortable sewing your own canopy, a seamstress can easily make one from your measurements.

Balloon Ceiling Panels

Puffy, ballooning, fabric ceiling panels take lots of material but add lots of drama to any room. Reminiscent of harem tents of another age they utilise fabric panels secured at the outside edges of the room, draping them across the expanse of the ceiling and securing them to a hoop mounted around the central light fixture of your room. Since the panels go from the large, outside perimeter, and all end up around one small hole they naturally gather into billowing folds to give an opulent look.

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